Why does Europe have better hacker spaces than we do? Why do US Hacker Spaces die after five years? How can we build a lasting network of hacker spaces throughout the US? This talk seeks to answer these questions and more.
Part One delves into why Hacker Spaces are necessary to move the community forward, both in terms of reputation and productivity. Past and Present spaces in the US and long-established spaces in Germany will be profiled to help illustrate the value of hacker spaces.
Part Two will attempt to explain why Hacker Spaces in the US tend to fail and what can be done about it. New strategies for building sustainable hacker spaces will be presented.
Part Three will present THF's strategy for building a network of independent hacker spaces to help connect hackers with projects and their community at large. THF will seek comments on their plans, modeled after the CCC regional club network in Germany.
The Hacker Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps engage the community in research and service oriented works that benefit humankind. We help open source and open purpose technology and information research projects connect with those in the world who need their contributions the most. We are "The Ethic in Action."